Now looks like this:
It was struck by lightning and burst into flames. Not horribly surprising being that this $250,000, 62-foot tall monster is made of styrofoam, wood and fiberglass resin.
Of course, from a religious standpoint, one could see the destruction of this statue by natural forces as a sign that God didn't care for this false idol being there.
These Christians don't see it that way. Of course not. They're going to rebuild!
PZ Myers' commenter, Jerthebarbarian, puts it best:
Ah, now it makes sense. God's such a tricky fellow.
Look, it's really simple. When a mosque or a Hindu temple or a Jewish synagogue is destroyed by lightning, that's an angry God insisting that they convert to proper Christian worship.When a Christian church is struck by lighting, that's just Satan testing the faithful. If they didn't rebuild the statue they'd be giving into Satan, and God doesn't like that. Haven't you read the Book of Job?
As opposed to spending $250,000 to rebuild the stupid thing, I wonder how many meals they could buy with that much money? What charities could benefit from that sort of money? Which of the people of their congregation could be helped with it?
Nah, forget all that. That sort of money would be better spent on building another statue.
What Would Jesus Do? Build another statue.
Link to the News story.